facial, reconstruction,digitalDigital technology is helping doctors advance facial reconstruction techniques

The doctor behind the world’s first partial face transplant, Professor Bernard Devauchelle, hosted a conference on head and neck reconstruction in Amiens, France, recently.

The Quai de l’Innovation – an innovation zone and events venue in the middle of the city – staged the 6th Edition of the Triennial Congress of ADT, a series of meetings dating back to 2001 aimed at  identifying advanced digital technologies in head and neck reconstruction.

The conference was hosted by The Facing Faces Institute, a recently opened research and education centre devoted to developing treatments for facial disfiguration, run by Professor Devauchelle .

The four-day event allowed international specialists in reconstructive facial surgery to take stock of emerging technologies and best practice from robotics to nanotechnologies to 3D printing.

As head of the department of maxillofacial surgery at the Center hospitalier universitaire d’Amiens, Devauchelle is famous for having carried out the first partial face transplant in 2005.

His patient, Isabelle  Dinoire, was given a new nose, mouth and chin after being mauled by a dog. The ground-breaking surgery, which lasted 15 hours, took place at Amiens Hospital.

One of the aims of the Facing Faces Institute is the realisation of a project called Figures (Facing Faces Institute GUiding RESearch) – a platform for research and surgical training to ultimately treat patients with the most advanced therapeutic techniques born of cutting-edge research.

Said Devauchelle : “This will, I am convinced, happen through the application of new techniques and the integration of new technologies to maxillofacial surgery. Robotics, for example, offers us the possibility to intervene in areas of the body that are very sensitive and yet too little explored, with ultimate precision .”

The project is supported by numerous organisations including the CHU of Amiens, the University of Picardie Jules Verne, the University of Technology of Compiègne, the Atomic Energy Commission, the Catholic University of Louvain and innovative companies such as Plugmed and MSCScanning.

The ADT is a collaboration between professionals and industry partners to identify advanced technologies in head and neck reconstruction. An important aspect of the ADT is that the clinical, industry and the science world all have an equal role to play in Advanced Digital Technology.